Guptas’ influence ‘not new’

2016-03-23 06:00

THE Gupta family’s perceived influence on the affairs of state is not new, according to political analyst Ebrahim Fakir.

Fakir said this occurred in all democracies. “The Guptas are doing something every business person or family does – they are buying influence and they are exercising that influence.”

Although it was not the first time a wealthy business person or family were seen to be exerting influence, the Guptas seemed to be doing it in a different way, said Fakir.

Others would usually also serve a public interest, such as by contributing to economic growth.

What the country was seeing now, only seemed to benefit those exerting the influence, said Fakir.


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